AWAI Success Stories

Looking for a little inspiration? Read some of our most recent success stories below.

And if you want to meet some of the AWAI Members who are now living the writer’s life thanks to their hard work and dedicated persistence, be sure and read our case studies.

Living the Writer's Life: Craig Grossman

Inspiration can come from anywhere. For Craig Grossman, inspiration comes from various aspects of the AWAI courses he’s studied or even from his clients. He’ll take one idea and turn it into a blog article or use it to enhance a website. That is just one of the skills this gourmet-food-brokerage-owner-turned-copywriter uses to run his new B2B copywriting business. Today, Craig truly is an artist and writing is his creative outlet. Enjoy his story…

Living the Writer's Life: Holly Emery

When Holly Emery took AWAI’s Master Certification for Direct Response Copywriters, she was hoping to build a career to take her away from a job in the private sector. Then, a chance referral from a friend who introduced her to a client in the mindset coaching niche. In this interview, you’ll learn how Holly was able to navigate this first big project and even secure a monthly retainer. Plus, you’ll find out how Holly avoids ever having to write under pressure. Her “nightstand trick” may just help you sleep better too!

Living the Writer's Life: Rachael Gray

When she first started, this young woman took the copywriting world by storm — achieving incredible success while still in her 20s. Today, her name is a bit different and her outlook on life has evolved to include meditation, better self-care… and still… incredible copywriting skills. You’ll love this peek into the daily life of copywriting rock star Rachael Aurora Gray.

Living the Writer's Life: John Diamondidis

When did you first decide you might have some writing skill? Was it because of a writing contest? A blog article? Or, like John Diamondidis, was it on a TV set while filming a promo for your professional wrestling career?! We hope you’ll enjoy this interview where John shares some of his top tips for new writers. And remember, when in doubt… “Writers write!”

Living the Writer's Life: David Pederson

David Pederson is proud to live in the land of cowboys, bandits, and bankers… also known as SoCal. He found the world of copywriting through a desperate attempt to keep his job as a database administrator trying to persuade high-level executives to sign off on multimillion-dollar projects. Today, he uses those powers of persuasion to write in the health care and cybersecurity sectors. When asked about his dream location to live and work, David simply replied, “I’m here, writing to you from it.”

Living the Writer's Life: Bernie Boyd

Not everyone who joins AWAI ends up staying in copywriting. For many, this experience becomes a gateway to other opportunities they never expected to find. That’s what happened for Bernie Boyd. She started with AWAI in 2018 and eventually discovered her true passion as a project manager. It just so happened that one of her biggest clients for years was a community run by A-list copywriter Marcella Allison. Enjoy Bernie’s story...

Living the Writer's Life: Jim Abbey

Jim Abbey once asked a client why they had chosen to hire him. Much to his surprise, they mentioned an attraction to the way he laughed at an event they had attended together. Jim decided to take this as a lesson and now “laughs his way to the bank.” He uses the resources from the AWAI community and Circle of Success to build a writing career focused on writing in the sustainability industry. You’ll love the “aha moments” Jim shares that led to his life as a Barefoot Writer.

Living the Writer's Life: Anne Hill

One of Anne Hill’s favorite quotes is from the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. In part, it reads, “I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start over again.” It’s something she reads regularly and has taken to heart. We’re so thrilled Anne was willing to share her story of reinvention and perseverance with us here. Not only has she managed to build a beautiful writer’s life, but she now writes on her terms for clients she loves.

Living the Writer's Life: Lynelle Suan

Lynelle Suan admits she’s a bit “ambitious,” but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! This young copywriter graduated high school in 2020 and jumped almost immediately into her writer’s life. While working from her native Philippines, she’s gaining the benefits of a higher income by working with clients in the United States and United Kingdom. Lynelle has thrown herself into a number of AWAI courses and mentorship programs, and her enthusiasm and drive is an absolute inspiration!

Living the Writer's Life: Peter Smolens

Peter Smolens fell in love with photography the moment he first saw a black-and-white print being developed. He’s also passionate about digital painting and even published a book on the topic. Through a happy set of circumstances, this love of art and photography led him to a career as a technical writer. Peter attributes his success to persistence. He draws inspiration from the adage, “You have to put your butt in the chair and do the work!”

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